Leonard Ncube, Victoria Falls Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) annual national congress is scheduled to start in Victoria Falls tomorrow with a high-level panel of speakers drawn from a cross-section of local and international business sectors.
The annual event comes at a time when the country is working hard to redirect industry towards growth in the wake of the debilitating effects of the global Covid-19 pandemic and global supply chain disruptions.
According to the programme seen by Business Chronicle, the event will start Wednesday ending on Friday under the theme: “Bolstering resilience and innovativeness for sustainable growth”.
The congress will also provide the opportunity to take stock of economic activity in the first half of the year and look into the second half of 2022 together with challenges faced so far and strategies that can be made to stir the ship forward.
Industry expects are also expected to review the impact of the forex auction system, which has been running in the country since June 2020 as Government committed to ensuring access to foreign currency by industry.
The conference will also look at private sector preparedness for the African Continental Free Trade Area, opportunities and threats the concept has locally and regionally.
Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza will be the guest of honour while Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Dr John Mangudya, programme manager United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, Mr Batanai Chikwene, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr David Musabayana, will be the main speakers.
In an effort to bring every sector together as the country chats a way forward post Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, ZNCC has brought together various economic experts for panel discussions.
To lead the panel discussions will be officials from the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Energy and Power Development, Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, banking sector, World Bank, Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe, Old Mutual, African Development Bank, ZimTrade and the International Labour Organisation. Economic Mr Eddie Cross will also speak.